Nutella-Stuffed Brown Butter Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nutella-stuffed brown butter sea salt chocolate chip cookies. Let that sink in. The name is a mouthful, but so are these cookies. A cookie this wonderful deserves a nine word title.

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If you need a dramatic show-stopper of cookie to impress friends, family, co-workers, in-laws or even people you don’t like – this is your cookie.

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These cookies start with a base of brown butter, so their underlying flavor is deep, rich, nutty and caramel-y. They also contain three types of chocolate chips – milk, semi-sweet and dark. Lots of dark brown sugar makes these taste even more complex and flavorful.

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Don’t be fooled by the amount of chocolate chips in the picture — there are a lot more in the dough. Literally could not successfully photograph the amount of chocolate in this recipe.

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I’m a chocoholic and any cookie that calls for a trio of chocolate chips THEN a Nutella stuffing is obviously the stuff my dreams are made of.

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The dough is so dark from the brown butter that it almost looks like chocolate dough.

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Just a heads-up, this dough needs to chill for several hours to be workable, so be sure to leave yourself plenty of time.

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Nutella-Stuffed Brown Butter Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies // RECIPE & INSTRUCTIONS

This recipe comes from [probably definitely] my favorite blog of all time, Ambitious Kitchen. I make this recipe exactly as Monique suggests because she’s the ultimate cookie goddess warrior.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon plain greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 jar of Nutella, chilled in refrigerator
  • Coarse sea salt for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. First, brown your butter. Here’s a step-by-step guide if you’ve never done this before. It’s simple, but it does require a lot of whisking, so don’t sleep on this task!
  2. While your butter cools, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl.
  3. With an electric mixer, combine the cooled-down butter and sugars until well-blended. Beat in the egg, egg yolk, vanilla and yogurt until fully mixed in.
  4. Add the dry ingredients and beat on low speed until everything just comes together. Fold in your tasty trio of chocolate chips.
  5. Chill the dough in the fridge for 2-3 hours. I used this downtime to make more dough for different cookies, because I’m wholly devoted to baked goods – and also a maniac. You can also pop the Nutella into the fridge. It’s a bit hard to work with a room temp, so slightly chilled makes it easier to handle.
  6. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Measure about 2 tablespoons (or 3 oz) of dough and roll into a ball. Make a disc with the dough ball, then put about a teaspoon of Nutella. Fold the dough around it and gently roll it into a ball. Make sure there’s no Nutella peeking out!
  7. Place your dough balls on a cookie sheet that’s been sprayed with cooking spray or lined with a baking mat. Flatten the balls slightly and top with a few sprinkles of coarse sea salt. Give the cookies plenty of room to spread. Two or more inches between dough balls is best.
  8. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until the edges of the cookies begin to turn golden brown. They’ll look underdone, but will keep cooking on the baking sheet. Cool on the sheet for 3-5 minutes and sprinkle with more sea salt. Move the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

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These cookies have changed my life. I’ll never be the same again.

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I like to serve these on a plate, slightly warmed up with a glass of vanilla almond milk on the side, a candle lit and soft music. I’m so serious.

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I’m a true cookie lover, I have an insatiable sweet tooth, but these are so rich and satisfying that one is enough! How crazy is that? Not crazy at all, I wager. That’s the hallmark of a good cookie.

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